Jul 142015
 

What is VIS?    Volunteers for Issaquah School (VIS) was formed in 1977 by community members as a Non-Profit 501c4 organization that works to promote passage of Issaquah School District (ISD) bond and levy ballot measures.  We are run entirely by community volunteers.  For more about VIS, see our About page.

Issaquah School District (ISD) provides high quality education and resources for our students with our bond and levy dollars.   Thank you for continuously voting YES to support our schools. Your YES votes on school bonds and levies shows that maintaining a high quality education is a priority in our community!

Issaquah School District is one of the most fiscally responsible school districts in the country.   Issaquah School District (ISD) received the Moody’s AAA rating which is given to less than one percent of all school districts in the United States. The district has the lowest administrative costs as a percentage of our budget than any other school district in King County.  ISD manages our bond & levy dollars effectively.

How you can help support VIS?   Vote to support education. Endorse the bond or levy.  Donate money to the campaign.  Sign up to help with the campaign when asked.  Talk to your friends and neighbors about the benefits of passing the bonds and levies, and make sure they are all registered to vote.

For more information about current bond & levy packages go to: 2016 Bond  information or the ISD website:  www.issaquah.wednet.edu

To register to vote go to: www.kingcounty.gov/elections/registration.

 

Aug 142015
 

In its original court ruling, and repeated in later follow-up rulings, the justices have told the Washington State Legislature to find a way to pay for the reforms and programs they had already adopted, including all-day kindergarten, smaller class sizes, student transportation, pay for school employees and classroom supplies, and to fix the state’s over reliance on local tax levies to pay for education. Relying heavily on local tax levies leads to big disparities in funding between those school districts that can pay and those that can’t.

We are fortunate that the Issaquah School District community recognizes the importance of covering the funding gap and CAN by continuously passing our Bonds and Levies.  ISD has also been recognized for its fiscal management by earning the highest bond rating of any school district in the state.

To read more of the full story on the Court Ruling to Fully Fund Washington State Education see the following news sources:

Deatils of the $100,000 a day fine and text of ruling.  http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/politics-government/article31008225.html

Seattle Times   http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/education/supreme-court-orders-100000-per-day-fines-in-mccleary-case/

Jun 222015
 

The ground breaking ceremony for Sunny Hills Elementary and Issaquah Middle School rebuild is Friday, June 26th!

Sunny Hills Elementary School    9:00am Friday 6/26/2015

3200 Issaquah-Pine Lake Rd SE, Sammamish

Issaquah Middle School    10:15 am, Friday 6/26/2015

500 2nd Avenue SE, Issaquah

May 132015
 

Issaquah Press:

Committee approves $518 million school bond proposal

May 12, 2015

By Neil Pierson

A committee of parents, principals and other educational leaders has approved a plan that would ask Issaquah School District voters for more than a half-billion dollars to build four new schools and modernize several others.

At a May 6 meeting, the district’s bond feasibility and development committee approved a package that would raise $518.5 million in voter-approved funds. The bond measure would likely appear on ballots in spring 2016.

The final item to be added to the proposal is a big one: $120 million for a fourth comprehensive high school. The school would likely be built for a core population of 1,500 – smaller than Skyline and Issaquah high schools, but bigger than Liberty, which finished an expansion and modernization project last year.

Another $148.5 million would go toward building a new middle school and two new elementary schools. That would give the district a total of six middle schools and 17 elementary schools.


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Feb 062014
 

Newcastle News – 02/06/2014

On behalf of the Issaquah School Board, I want to extend our great appreciation for the community’s ongoing support for our schools. Our goal is to prepare students for a global, dynamic world.

In today’s economy, a basic education isn’t sufficient for the every-increasing complexity our students will find in the workforce. They will need to be able to communicate and exhibit higher-level thinking, utilizing ever-advancing technologies. The board understands the success of our students requires a commitment from the entire community. So, when you find your ballot in the mail, we ask that you vote “yes” to renew the three levies approved by the board.

Over the years, the district has built an important relationship with the community. One way has been to involve the community in the development of financial packages recommended to the board. So, last April, the district convened a Levy Development Committee consisting of community members throughout the district, including representatives from businesses, the senior community, local government and students.

According to the 2014 Levy Development Committee Charter, the committee’s goal was to “keep local school taxes stable, ensure the Issaquah School District has all the resources possible to meet its mission and ends student learning goals, and to safely and efficiently maintain facilities and property.”

The members worked diligently throughout the spring and their hard work was essential to ensure the community’s values were represented in the final recommendation brought to the board. The board is confident that the three ballot measures reflect the expectations the community has of our outstanding education system in the Issaquah School District.

Please join me in voting “yes” on the Maintenance and Operations levy, the Transportation Levy and the Capital Levy. Thank you for your continued support of our schools.

Marnie Maraldo, president

Issaquah School Board

Feb 052014
 

Sammamish Review – 02/05/2014

In response to the Jan. 22 editorial, “Vote Yes for all Measures,” I wanted to extend my support and encourage others to vote yes for the three Issaquah School District levies. As a parent of two children in the district, and as someone who volunteers and substitutes in the Issaquah School District, I want to make sure everyone knows how important it is to vote yes for this funding.

There are three levies on the ballot Feb. 11. The first is a maintenance and operations levy. This levy provides 21 percent of the Issaquah School District operating budget (staff salaries, books, heat and light, fuel for buses, and building maintenance). Our taxes in Washington only provide 60.8 percent of the total budget for the district; federal funds account for 3.9 percent of the budget, tuition and fees (13.1 percent) and other funds (0.3 percent). Even with the levy dollars, Issaquah schools only rank 257th out of 295 school districts in the state in per student funding. Therefore, it is critical to our schools to pass this levy if we want to provide our children with a quality education.

The second levy is a school bus levy that will replace old buses with new, more efficient models that align with the state’s safety standards and replacement cycle. Fuel savings and lower maintenance costs mean that more money can go into the classroom to provide quality education for our children.

The third levy is a capital levy that pays for the classroom technology needs and critical repairs of buildings throughout the district. Washington state provides zero dollars of funding for technology. Our schools depend on local levy money and community funding for our classroom technology funding.

Please vote yes for all three Issaquah School District levies on February 11.

Theresa Larsen

Sammamish

Feb 042014
 

Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter – 02/04/2014

I wanted to extend my support and encourage others to vote “yes” for the three Issaquah School District levies. As a parent of two children in the district, and as someone who volunteers and substitutes in the Issaquah School District, I want to make sure everyone knows how important it is to vote “yes” for this funding.

The first levy is a maintenance and operations levy. It provides 21 percent of the Issaquah School District operating budget (staff salaries, books, heat and light, fuel for buses, and building maintenance). Without this money the district will have to make dramatic cuts, such as to staff or extracurricular activities, which will affect our children. Therefore, it is critical to our schools to pass this levy if we want to continue to provide our children with a quality education.

The second levy is a school bus levy that will replace older buses with new, more efficient models. The resulting fuel savings and lower maintenance costs mean that more money can go into the classroom to provide quality education for our children.

The third levy is a capital levy that pays for the classroom technology needs and critical repairs of buildings throughout the district. Our schools depend on local levy money and community funding (ISF, PTSA, etc) for classroom technology needs.

Theresa Larsen, Sammamish

Feb 042014
 

Issaquah Press – 02/04/2014

Please vote yes in favor of the school levy in February. Before I became part of the PTA, I didn’t know much about levies and didn’t really understand why they were important for me to vote in.

Now that I have two children in the Issaquah School District, I am acutely aware of the value a levy provides to every student in our district. These levies keep the basics of education flowing; they are a crucial element for funding the day to day needs of our schools.

You hear in the news about the happenings in the Legislature regarding education, and while we are hopeful that the state will increase per-student funding, these changes are still a long way from replacing the need for levies. Without the passage of the three levies, our district will have to make deep cuts that our students will feel daily.

Please take the time to vote yes for the three levies to fund education. I’m voting yes for all three levies because I know they make a difference to every person in each of our schools and benefit the community we live in. Education is the key to keeping our city prosperous!

Heather Berry, co-president

Issaquah Valley Elementary PTA

Feb 042014
 

Volunteers for Issaquah Schools Campaign Update

Election day is just a week away! Thanks to all of you for volunteering your time to help pass these levies!!

Honk & Wave

Thanks to everyone who turned out in the cold weather on January 30! Enthusiastic supporters were at 13 key intersections in the District.
The Honk & Wave on the 10th is our last campaign activity. Our presence that day will be a final reminder to our voters that they need to mail their ballots by the 11th. The times will again be from 6:30 to 8:30 AM and 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Additional newspaper endorsement

The Issaquah Sammamish Reporter has joined the Issaquah Press and Sammamish Review in recommending a yes vote on all 3 levies!

Newspaper ads

We placed ads in all of our local papers. The final ad appeared in the February issue of the Issaquah Highlands newspaper Connections, published last week.

Final VIS mailer

It will arrive in mailboxes at the end of this week. If you mailed your ballot by Jan 27 you probably won’t receive the final mailer. In order to save money we matched our voter list to the returned ballot data published by King County Elections on Jan 29. If all voters in you household mailed their ballots in time you were removed from out mail list.

Facebook

Like us on facebook! As of today we have 596 likes. Check out the video of Sunny Hills supporters waving signs on January 30.

Election Night Party February 11 – Everyone is Invited!!

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Suzanne Weaver’s home, 3749 234th Ave SE, Sammamish 98075
Light appetizers and drinks provided

RSVP: kellymunn@comcast.net

Jan 292014
 

Issaquah Press – 01/29/2014

Why do Realtors endorse school levies?

Realtors know high-quality schools are important in every neighborhood. Good schools are a priority — and not just for parents. Savvy buyers and sellers know that quality schools are a factor in home values.

Seattle King County Realtors recently heard presentations by Issaquah Schools Superintendent Ron Thiele and school board member Suzanne Weaver. They took time out of their busy day to make the case for students in Issaquah, and to answer questions from brokers.

Realtors understand the importance of supplementing state funding for basic classroom needs, but as homeowners and taxpayers, we are also concerned about the “return on investment.”

Issaquah residents can be proud of the exemplary financial management by district officials who earn consistently high marks on audit reports, and the highest bond rating of any public school district in the state.

Equally impressive are student achievements on various academic assessments. They significantly outperform their in-state and national peers. Teachers deserve praise for their role in these accomplishments.

In addition to endorsing renewal of the Maintenance and Operations Levy, we also endorsed the School Bus Levy and renewal of the Capital Levy for classroom technology and critical repairs. Upgrading buses is essential to meeting safety and efficiency standards.

Just like the fleet of buses, much of technology used throughout the district needs to be updated. These vital tools are not covered by state funding. It’s also time to invest more in repairs and maintenance of several buildings.

As one of our colleagues stated, supporting school levies is not a matter of altruism — it’s economics.

I’ll be voting “yes” three times on the Feb. 11 ballot, and I hope residents districtwide will join me.

Joan Probala, managing broker

Windermere Real EstateEast Inc., Issaquah